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COVID Testing & Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine 

Individuals age 6 months and older can receive an updated 2023-2024 COVID vaccine at Primary Health, as long as they have not received another COVID vaccine in the past two months.

Patients age 65+ may receive a second dose of the updated vaccine, as long as their last dose was at least 4 months ago.

Vaccines are offered on a walk-in basis, and there is no cost with most insurance plans. Availability may vary due to demand at each location.

Patients 18 and under can receive their vaccine at Meridian Pediatrics or Nampa Pediatrics:
For their convenience, parents/guardians may also receive their vaccine at these clinics 

  • Pfizer BioNtech 6 months – 4 years
  • Pfizer BioNTech 5 – 11 years  
  • Pfizer Comirnaty for ages 12+

Patients 19+ may visit any urgent care location:

  • Pfizer Comirnaty for ages 12+

Vaccine for children who are uninsured or have Medicaid is not yet available. Please check back soon for more information.

Visit the CDC website for information on staying up-to-date on COVID vaccine.

COVID-19 and Illness Testing

Patients with or without symptoms can walk in to any Primary Health urgent care clinic to be tested for COVID or other illnesses. 

Please provide insurance information if you would like us to bill your insurance company. Most insurance plans cover the cost of COVID testing and the associated visit; copays and deductibles may apply.

For patients who are uninsured, federal programs no longer cover the cost of COVID testing. We offer a discount on some services if paid in full at the time of visit. Otherwise, we accept regular monthly payments.

Self-pay rates for COVID testing:

  • PCR test - $124 plus nurse or provider  fee
  • Antigen rapid test - $52 plus nurse or provider fee

Masks are required for patients with COVID symptoms or COVID exposure within the past 10 days. Children age 17 and younger may be seen in Pediatric Urgent Care, and are also welcome at all other Primary Health locations.

Why patients should get tested:

  • Testing for respiratory viruses, like Covid-19, can help you decide what to do next, like getting treatment and taking steps to reduce spreading the virus to others.
  • Covid-19 antiviral treatment is advised for all older adults (over age 50) and for certain people at higher risk for severe disease from Covid-19 (like those with heart or lung disease, diabetes, those with weakened immune systems or pregnancy.)

What to do if you test positive for Covid-19:
Source: CDC

  • You can go back to your normal activities when, for at least 24 hours, both are true:
    • Your symptoms are getting better overall, and
    • You have not had a fever (and are not using fever-reducing medication).
  • When you go back to your normal activities, take added precaution over the next 5 days, such as taking additional steps for cleaner air, hygiene, masks, physical distancing, and/or testing when you will be around other people indoors.
    • Keep in mind that you may still be able to spread the virus that made you sick, even if you are feeling better. You are likely to be less contagious at this time, depending on factors like how long you were sick or how sick you were.
    • If you develop a fever or you start to feel worse after you have gone back to normal activities, stay home and away from others again until, for at least 24 hours, both are true: your symptoms are improving overall, and you have not had a fever (and are not using fever-reducing medication). Then take added precaution for the next 5 days.

COVID treatments

Some limited treatments are available for COVID. Therapeutic options are restricted to certain age groups and within certain timeframes of symptoms, for people with certain medical conditions, and available only to those who are not on medications that could cause serious drug-drug interactions. If you are interested in treatment options, please see a urgent care provider or your primary care provider to discuss your options.

View the Patient Questionnaire that will be given to any patient seeking treatment with Paxlovid. View the FDA’s fact sheet for patients considering Paxlovid treatment.

Isolation Info Updated 3/4/24
Vaccine Info Updated 3/7/24
Mask Policy Updated 4/11/23

General Questions
If you have general questions about coronavirus in Idaho, please call your local health district (numbers below) or click here to learn more about coronavirus in Idaho.

Southwest District Health: 208-455-5411
Central District Health: 208-375-5211

Booster Qualifications

You qualify for a Pfizer booster if: 

  1. Your last Pfizer dose was more than 28 days ago, AND you have:
  2. Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  3. Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system (such as Prednisone, Cellcept, Tacrolimus, or Cyclosporine)
  4. Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  5. Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  6. Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  7. Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response (i.e. Remicade, Enbrel, Humira, Rituxin, Cosentyx, Tremfya, Xeljanz)

You may also qualify for a Pfizer booster if:

  1. Your last Pfizer vaccine dose was more than 6 months ago, AND you are: 
  2. Adult 65 years of age and older
  3. Adult 50 years of age and older with one of the following medical conditions:
    • Cancer
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Chronic lung disease (asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, etc.)
    • Dementia or neurological conditions
    • Diabetes 
    • Down syndrome
    • Heart conditions
    • HIV infections
    • Immunocompromised (weakened immune system)
    • Liver disease
    • Overweight or obesity
    • Pregnancy
    • Current or former smoker
    • Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant 
    • Substance use disorder
    • Stroke or cerebrovascular disease
  4. Resident or staff member of a long-term care facility.
  5. Adult 18-49 years of age with underlying medical conditions (listed under number two) AND have reviewed with your specialist or family practice doctor who is now recommending the booster dose.
  6. Adult 18-64 years of age who is at increased risk for COVID-19 due to your occupation or institutional setting. (Health care workers and other job/living settings).